ATHENS — Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm looked particularly sharp as Practice 4 got underway under a blazing sun Monday afternoon.
Fromm, a third-year starting quarterback, has a relatively inexperienced receiving corps after losing his top five pass catchers from a season ago.
But you’d never know it from how Fromm and his receivers have looked in the open portion of practices to date.
Offensive coordinator James Coley explained earlier in the day that much of Fromm’s success on the field has to do with what he does off the field.
“Jake’s a grinder, and that’s part of his greatness,” Coley said. “One thing I do know about Jake is I’m not walking in a meeting room without him not being in there. He’s already watched film, he’s already sitting there in there going, ‘okay, what do you got for me? I watched it. You have anything new?’ “
Georgia will learn on Saturday when the team holds its first full scrimmage just how in sync Fromm is with his receivers, backs and tight ends.
Other Practice 4 observations:
— Brenton Cox, who entered the transfer portal earlier on Monday, was not at practice. That was to be expected as Cox did not part with Georgia in ideal terms, as has been well-documented.
– Tennessee transfer tight end Eli Wolf appears to have made a move at the position, moving into the No. 3 spot after the first few practices. Wolf, who was a receiver in high school, is the strongest and fastest of the Georgia tight ends.
— Cornerback Ameer Speed is the longest of the UGA defensive backs (6-foot-3), but he appeared to have some issues in press coverage drill work on Monday.
— Incoming junior college transfer Jermaine Johnson has appeared as explosive as ever, showing now signs of the ankle injury that slowed him in spring drills.
— Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Owen Condon, who opened fall camp working as a backup offensive tackle, was dressed out but opened the practice working on an exercise bicycle.
— Junior offensive guard Solomon Kindley looks to be the fastest off the snap among the Georgia offensive line. Kindley has quietly had one of the better offseasons among the players.
— Tyler Simmons and Lawrence Cager continue to run at the front of the receivers line, with Demetris Robertson first up in the slot.
— Freshman George Pickens, who is expected to wear the No. 1 this season, continues to wear the No. 83 in practice. Pickens was going third on the depth chart.
— Freshman Dominick Blaylock was running fourth among the receivers in drills working out of the slot.
Connor Riley contributed to this report